In mid-July a group of visual artists and writers will trek across the Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer and folklorist Pádraig Meehan to continue their exploration of Sliabh Dá Eán, the ‘hill of two birds’, rich in the mythic narratives of the Cailleach Bhérra. This landscape is connected by the sun’s alignment to the central passage tomb, Listoghil, at Carrowmore megalithic complex.
The artists will return to The Factory Performance Space to begin work inspired by the trek over the course of the week. An exhibition, presenting the visual, vocal and written responses to the experience will be held in The Factory on the 29th of July at the end of the week-long collaboration.
Artist fee - €400 stipend per artist x 12 artist - €4,800
Material - €1,000
Insurance - €600
Transport - €200
Miscellaneous (Incl Fund it Commission) - €500
Photography - €400
Walking Birds' Mountain includes 14 professional writers and visual artists.
Pádraig Meehan has published topics relating to prehistory and the Irish passage tomb tradition. He is a tour guide who integrates scientific themes, folklore and storytelling.
Kate MacDonagh, a Sligo born artist, currently lives and works in Dublin. She studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design, Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid, Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, and at MI- LAB, Fujikawaguchiko Studio, Japan.
Una Mannion has a forthcoming novel with Faber and is programme chair of the Writing + Literature programme at IT Sligo.
Blue Raincoat Theatre Company have taken the project on a voluntary basis and have 30 years experience in managing and producing large scale, experiential events and have the requisite production experience to overcome any difficulties the project may encounter.
Blue Raincoat are unable to use our Arts Council funding to support WBMII (Our funding is dedicated to a theatre programme already agreed with the Arts Council). €2,500 has been secured through Creative Ireland in County Sligo which leaves a shortfall of €5,000 to complete WBMII this year.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Walking Birds' Mountain II. We would love to have you on board and see you on the 29th of July for the opening.